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EAT & DRINK Hanoi Tuesday, 06 October 2015

Com (green rice flakes) in Vong village – the taste of Hanoi

Nowadays, there are many kinds of cakes and candies in the market but there is a traditional specialty in the capital of Hanoi which is Vong village’s Com.

Nowadays, there are many kinds of cakes and candies in the market but there is a traditional specialty in the capital of Hanoi which is Vong village’s Com.

Vong village is about 5-6km far from the central of Hanoi which now is Dich Vong precinct, Cau Giay district, Hanoi city.

Com in Vong village
Com in Vong village

In the past, Vong village was located on the suburb of the longitude in which there were a lot of trade village provided the longitude with the necessities. At that time, Vong village still had the large number of paddy areas and rice was the main product here. And the Com trade was started up here.

The legend states that: in another Autumn, when the rice was growing, it’s also the time that it was raining too much. The field was flooded. The residents in Vong village cut the green rice, then they roasted it to use as reserved food. It was surprised that that food had it own taste which attracts a lot of people.

The Com season lasts in 3 months from the Lunar 1st July. This procedure expresses the sophistication of the artists. Rice growing farmers are the only ones who truly understand when it is time to gather young grains to make Cốm. Then young rice grains are harvested, roasted and ground down to become Cốm. They are put into a large firing pan under small flames and stirred slowly for a specific period of time. They are then poured into a rice mortar and slightly pounded with a wooden pestle, rythmically and at quick intervals until the husk is removed. Following this, the young rice is removed from the mortar and winnowed before being poured again into the mortar and the process repeated. This is then repeated exactly seven times so that all the husk is removed from the young sticky grains. If the pounding is done irregularly and in haste, or it is not repeated for the prescribed seven times, the green colour of the grains will disappear and be replaced by an unexpected brown colour. Cốm is regarded as a purely pastoral gift. To enjoy Cốm, it is advisable to chew it slowly so that one can feel the stickiness of the young rice and at the same time enjoy its sweet, fragrant taste. Visitors to Vong village (about five km from Hanoi) during the Cốm making season will have a chance to listen to the special rythmic pounding of wooden pestles against mortars filled with young rice and see women shifting and winnowing the pounded young rice.

More information 
Add: Vong village,  Dich Vong precinct, Cau Giay district, Hanoi city.
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